TRY YOUR HAND AT SHIBUMI SILK PAINTING
The Shibumi Silk booth has always been popular with guests but it’s the process Artist Patricia DiSantis employs to create her palate of color, texture, and design that is so fascinating to watch and try.
“We paint on silk using a very old art form commonly known as water marbling,” says DiSantis, artist and co-owner of Patricia's Favorite Things" in Wallingford, CT. “We sprinkle our paint on a water bath, the paints float and spread on the surface. Then we use a stylus to move the paint into various patterns. Once our fluid picture is to our liking, we carefully lay our silk over the top; the paint instantly bonds to the silk. It's a magical process that never fails to amaze us! We then pull out the silk, rinse it in water, put it in a Ziplock bag for drying at home.”
DeSantis shares that she has been working in this medium long before she started Shibumi Silks. “I've always been totally enthralled with fabric. I used to make and sell herbal pillows, and I would water marble fabric for them. The act of water marbling is so pleasing to me, I wanted to do only that; and I realized how much pleasure there is in sharing it.”
Guests of the Show are invited to stop by the Shibumi Silk booth to make their own fabulous water marbled silk with Patricia’s guidance. Hands-on demonstrations will take place throughout the day and weekend at the Shibumi Silk booth, providing quests with a rare opportunity to participate in an ancient art form and share the creative process.
HARTFORD ARTISAN WEAVING CENTER
Weaving techniques will be demonstrated all weekend.
LEARN HOW TO WEAVE ACTIVITES FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS WeavingCenter.org
"Come see our new designs for spring, handwoven by our unique artisan community”